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A rookie police officer accidentally sent a video which exposed his "penis in a brace" to more than 10 colleagues in a bizarre WhatsApp message.

The cooper resigned from Merseyside Police after he shared the shameful clip which showed an "item" lodged into his bum to a messaging group containing 18 members of staff.

Daniel Brown performed the sexual acts while he was meant to be taking part in an online Zoom training session held by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

The video of the probationary constable was viewed by two officers including one woman who was "caused distress" by the shocking acts, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy concluded Brown was guilty of gross misconduct and said he would have been fired without notice if he hadn't resigned.

Brown's name has also been added to the College of Policing's Barred List, meaning he is banned from any policing role in the country.

According to a report of the hearing, published by Merseyside Police, the incident occurred at around 10am on September 28 last year when Brown was on duty, although at home taking part in the online training session.

The report stated: "The video was of you naked from the waist down, with your genitalia exposed, your penis in a brace [and you are showing your bottom] with an item inserted into it.

"This video was seen by at least two members of your cohort causing at least one member distress".

The PCDA course is a three-year programme where officers learn on the job while completing a degree in Professional Policing Practice from LJMU.

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Chief Constable Kennedy said she accepted that the video was sent accidentally, but that Brown had still admitted to engaging in sexual behaviour while on duty.

She wrote: "Our communities expect us to maintain the highest standards of professional behaviour and whilst he was at home at the time, he was still on duty and attending a training lesson.

"The expectation would be that he would be fully participating in the training as he was learning the role of how to be a police officer."

Chief Superintendent Jennifer Wilson, head of the force’s Professional Standards Department, commented: "We demand the highest possible standards from officers and staff, whether they are on duty or off duty.

"On this occasion, former Constable Brown did not meet those standards, and it is right that he has had to answer for his behaviour.

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"The overwhelming majority of our police officers and staff act with respect, professionalism and integrity at all times. In order to keep it that way, we will continue to take swift and robust action to investigate anyone whose behaviour falls short of those high standards.

"This matter was brought quickly to the attention of our Professional Standards Department by the officer’s colleagues, and it is pleasing to see that where officers and staff see or hear behaviour they believe does not belong in this force, they feel empowered to challenge and report it.

"As a result of their report, the officer was suspended and has now, quite rightly, been dismissed from our force."

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